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[Audio+Link] – Tuxedomoon – “Litebulb Overkill” (1978) + Interview

Posted in Audio, Link by Soundslike on March 20, 2009

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Tuxedomoon – “Litebulb Overkill” (1978)

In honor of the interview linked below, here is an early track from San Francisco’s Tuxedomoon (who incongruously appear in the wonderful NYC film/document ‘Downtown ’81’).  It’s not necessarily representative of their work, which tends more toward a Eurocentric, American take on a Deutsche Neue Welle-esque noir-synth-pop.  But it is a lovely little piece, somehow blending a violin melody that reminds me a little of Laurie Anderson with the little “starburst noise” one often hears in electro-disco.  [Tuxedomoon are featured on the ‘Computer‘ mix from the ‘1981’ box set at Musicophilia.]

Interview with Steven Brown (Tuxedomoon) by Simon Reynolds

Another interview from Simon Reynolds‘ research for his post-punk tome ‘Rip It Up,’ a “runner up” excised from the recently issued (and thoroughly enjoyable–perhaps a review coming soon) collection of interviews and short-form articles ‘Totally Wired: Post-Punk Interviews & Overviews‘ (UK only for now, but quite affordable and worthwhile as an import).  This one delves into the enviably fecund art-music-theatre-noir fusion that was San Francisco in the punk/post-punk years.

Read it Here.

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